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Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way

Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way

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Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way

4.5/5 (11 ratings)
414 pages
3 hours
Mar 6, 2012


Enter Chloe’s Kitchen for delicious vegan recipes everyone will love.

Chloe Coscarelli, the first-ever vegan chef to win Food Network’s hit show Cupcake Wars, brings her trademark energy to this fun and healthy cookbook, including animal-free reinterpretations of 125 of America’s favorite foods.

Whether you’re newly transitioning to veganism, a long-time vegetarian looking for some new ideas, or a busy mom introducing Meatless Mondays to her family, you’ll find quick and easy recipes that will convert even the most reluctant to the delicious rewards of a plant-based diet.

Chef Chloe’s first-ever cookbook, illustrated throughout with gorgeous full-color photos of the mouthwatering dishes, offers helpful advice on how to set up your own kitchen for stress-free, healthful eating, as well as nutritional information, with support from the foreword by well-known physician Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

Foodies of all stripes will revel in the huge array of incredibly appetizing, inventive recipes, all made with easily available ingredients, from savory starters to decadent desserts. Her comforting macaroni and cheese, creamy Fettuccine Alfredo, crave-inducing sliders and fries, and adaptations of the most popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican dishes will win over carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

With Chef Chloe, eating vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favorite treats and flavors. Those with food allergies will appreciate the instructions throughout for making these meat-, egg-, and dairy-free recipes without gluten and soy, so everyone can enjoy them. And the icing on the (cup)cake is her renowned, coveted desserts—including the first publication of the recipes for her Cupcake Wars–winning vegan cupcakes—the ultimate indulgence without busting your belt.
Mar 6, 2012

About the author

Chloe Coscarelli recently took home first place in the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, making her the first vegan ever to win on a Food Network competition. Chloe is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts NYC and the University of California, Berkeley. She has also completed Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition program based on Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Praise for

Chloe’s Kitchen

"Pizza and burgers and cupcakes: oh my! Gooey, sticky, jammed-with-flavor treats on every page delightfully transform everything you thought you knew about vegan food. Chloe is a fresh, fun, enthusiastic new voice and—I know this from swooning over every Chloe dish I’ve had the pleasure of tasting—a truly gifted chef. Now she reveals her secrets to healthy, flat-out-amazing food that anyone can make. This soup-to-nuts compendium is so complete that it’s the only vegan cookbook you’ll ever need. Let’s get cooking!"

—LISA BLOOM, attorney and New York Times bestselling author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

"Chloe’s delicious vegan cupcakes broke new ground on Cupcake Wars and left a lasting impression."

—CANDACE NELSON, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

"Refreshingly uncomplicated. Coscarelli’s sleek volume is crisply photographed and includes the kind of straightforward, go-to recipes busy foodies can appreciate."



Chloe’s Kitchen features vegan food like you’ve never seen it before.

Classically trained Chef Chloe Coscarelli brings fun and energy to this healthful, animal-free cuisine by reinterpreting 125 of America’s favorite foods with great-tasting ingredients and clever techniques. Chef Chloe burst onto the culinary scene by winning the Food Network’s hit reality show Cupcake Wars—the first time a vegan chef captured the top prize—which delighted her many fans who had been loyally following her on The new face of vegan cooking, Chef Chloe is luring foodies of all stripes to try her ingenious, accessible recipes for delicious, vibrant, beautiful food.

Chef Chloe’s first-ever cookbook is illustrated throughout with gorgeous full-color photography of the mouthwatering dishes. She begins with helpful advice on how to set up your own kitchen for stress-free, healthful eating. Chef Chloe also explains how to get all your nutrition from a plant-based diet and why it’s so healthy, with support from the foreword by renowned physician Neal D. Barnard, M.D. Then, in her fresh, dynamic style, Chef Chloe provides a huge array of incredibly appetizing, inventive recipes she has created, from savory starters to decadent desserts. Her comforting macaroni and cheese, creamy Fettuccine Alfredo, crave-inducing sliders and fries, and adaptations of the most popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican dishes win over carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

With Chef Chloe, eating vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favorite treats and flavors. With instructions throughout for making these meat-, egg-, and dairy-free recipes without gluten and soy, here’s how you can enjoy family favorites and her renowned, coveted desserts—including the first publication of the recipes for her Cupcake Wars–winning vegan cupcakes—without busting your belt.



To my best friend,

my mom,

for teaching me how to cook

and encouraging me

to follow my dreams.

I love you.





Vegan Pantry

Gluten-Free and Soy-Free Cooking

Small Bites

Artichoke-Walnut Pesto Crostini

Avocado-Shiitake Sushi

Balsamic Bruschetta

Black Bean Baby Cakes with Pineapple Salsa

Crispy Potato-Leek Patties with Lemon-Dill Dip

Garlic Knots

Garlic White Bean Dip

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers with Whipped Maple Butter

Mini Potato Skins Stuffed with Avocado Salsa

Sweet-and-Sour Party Meatballs

Phyllo Mushroom Turnovers

Samosas with Cilantro-Tamarind Dipping Sauce

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Wontons with Apricot-Mustard Sauce

Soups and Salads

Caesar Salad with Maple-Wheat Croutons

California Chipotle Chop with Agave-Lime Vinaigrette

Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls

Chloe’s Favorite Five-Minute Salad

Curried Lentil, Squash, and Apple Stew

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

Mandarin Peanut-Crunch Salad with Crispy Wontons

Minted Couscous with Arugula, Butternut Squash, and Currants

Simple Side Salad with Shallot-Dijon Vinaigrette

Tomato-Basil Bisque with Pumpernickel Croutons

Tuscan Bean and Greens Soup over Garlic Toast

Wasabi Sesame Noodle Salad

Simply Vegetables

Classic Roasted Vegetables

Coconut Mashed Yams with Currants

Fire-Roasted Artichokes with Garlic Oil

Garlicky Greens

Grilled Lemon–Olive Oil Asparagus

Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts

Teriyaki Wok Vegetables

Miso-Glazed Eggplant

Sea Salt and Vinegar French Fries

Thyme for Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Vegetable Tempura

Under-the-Sea Vegetables

Eat with Your Hands

Avocado Toast

BBQ Pineapple Pizza

Grilled Pesto Pizza with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Balsamic Reduction

Chloe’s Award-Winning Mango Masala Panini

Double Double Drive-Thru Burgers

Falafel Sliders with Avocado Hummus

LA-Style Chimichurri Tacos

Moo Shu Vegetables with Homemade Chinese Pancakes

Portobello Pesto Panini

Rosemary Tomato Galette with Pine Nut Ricotta

Thai Chickpea Burgers with Sweet ’n’ Spicy Sauce

Oodles of Noodles

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Best-Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Chinese Takeout Chow Mein

Orecchiette in No-Cook Spinach Sauce

Drunken Noodles in Cashew-Shiitake Broth

Fettuccine Alfredo

Ooh-La-La Lasagna

Pasta Italiano

Peanutty Perfection Noodles

Penne alla Vodka with the Best Garlic Bread in the World

Spaghetti Bolognese

Straw and Hay Pasta

Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter

Wild Mushroom Stroganoff Fettuccine

The Main Event

Barley Bliss Casserole

Caribbean Vegetables with Coconut Rice and Plantains

Country Meatloaf and Golden Gravy with Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce

Eggplant Timbales

Green Curry Crepes

Herbed Polenta Cutlets with Marsala Mushroom Ragout

Indian Buffet Trio: Saag Aloo, Chana Masala, and Vegetable Biryani, with Garlic Naan

Mongolian BBQ Seitan

Moroccan Bistilla

Orange You Glad I Made Crispy Tofu?

Pancakes for Dinner

Pineapple Not-So-Fried Rice

Seitan Scallopini

Southern Skillet Black-Eyed Peas with Quick Buttery Biscuits

Tempeh Piccata

Tropical Island Kebabs with Cilantro Rice

Cupcakes and More

Baked Sprinkle Doughnuts

Banana Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

Chloe’s Award-Winning Ginger Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes

Chlostess Crème-Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bites


Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

Happy Birthday Cake

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

Cinnamon-Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Fudge Sundaes with Mint Chip Ice Cream

Iced Apple Cake Squares

Mocha Almond Fudge Cake

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Sea Salt Toffee Bars

Summer Berry Pie à La Mode

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Tarte Tatin with Coconut Whipped Cream


Yoga Cookies

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

The Basics

Basic Pizza Dough

Beans and Grains

Homemade Seitan

Pressing Tofu

Sweet Tomato Ketchup

Sour Cream

Barbecue Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

Soy-Free Soy Sauce

Toasting Nuts

Menu Suggestions




You can cook!

For the first eighteen years of my life, I genuinely believed I couldn’t cook. I didn’t think I had the patience, skills, or palate for cooking, all because of a couple less-than-perfect attempts. Guess what I learned? With a little bit of practice and a good appetite, anyone and everyone can cook. That means you!

What the heck is this vegan cooking thing?

This is the question I get asked the most. Vegan cooking is preparing food without any ingredients that come from animals. No meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs. Vegan (or plant-based) food is naturally low in fat, cholesterol free, and more healthful than meat or butter-laden foods. If you think I’m talking about sprout sandwiches and bland tofu, think again! These pages are filled with flavor-loaded, moist and juicy, ooey-gooey, party-in-your-mouth recipes that no one will ever believe are vegan. You can make elegant and mouth-watering meals that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized without using any animal products. Vegan food is healing for your body, great for the planet, and much easier to prepare than you think!

Living on the Veg

I’ve always been a huge animal lover. You name it, I’ve adopted it. From pit bulls and rats to frogs and lizards, I’ve always been a please-can-we-keep-him? kind of girl. One day, in seventh grade, I made the connection between the pets I loved and the food on my plate. It suddenly didn’t make sense for me to eat animals for dinner then cuddle with my pups at night. I decided to become a vegetarian, and I went vegan a few years later. My meat-eating, yet open-minded and supportive family soon followed my living-on-the-veg lead. My mom went crazy in the kitchen, veganizing every passed-down family recipe in her repertoire for us, and she urged me to join her in the fun. Before I knew it, I was learning how to cook with her, eating delicious new foods, losing weight, and feeling great.

Aha Moments, Oven Lights, and the Big Apple

Everyone talks about having an aha moment; you know, when the oven light in your head clicks on. For me, this happened in college at UC Berkeley. I was studying sociology and dance and living with five fabulous girls in a tiny apartment with a kitchen no bigger than a car. I spent more hours than I could ever count in that kitchen. My friends and I pulled many all-nighters studying for exams, but I would always make time for baking elaborate triple-tiered birthday cakes for my roommates and throwing buffet-style brunch parties on Sunday mornings. Nothing gave me more joy than cooking and baking, and I realized that I wanted to spend my life doing just that. Aha!

Right after graduation, I packed up my knives and whisks and hopped on a plane to New York City to attend culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute. It ended up being the most incredible experience of my life. Sure, there were onion tears, burns, cuts, and tomato-sauce stains along the way, but we all know that the most difficult experiences are the most rewarding.

Cupcake Wars

I saw a casting call for a new Food Network competition show, Cupcake Wars, and auditioned on a whim. Before I knew it, I was on the show, pitted against three other talented, nonvegan pastry chefs, all of whom had butter, cream, and eggs in their arsenals. Among the judges was pastry superstar Candace Nelson, founder of the world’s first cupcake bakery, Sprinkles Cupcakes. No turning back—it was time for a sweet smack-down for cupcake supremacy!

I enlisted the assistance of my brilliant medical-school-bound college roommate, Sandhya Jacob, who doesn’t buckle under pressure and is a cake decorating rock star. Neither of us knew what to expect, but there is nothing more thrilling than taking a risk with your best friend by your side.

We mustered every ounce of our creativity, baked our hearts out, and one thousand cupcakes later, took home first prize. The judges loved every bite of my frosting-topped masterpieces and couldn’t believe they were vegan. At that moment I realized that my mom’s age-old advice was true: Believe in yourself, never give up, and anything is possible . . . Anything!

So, let’s get cooking!

At last! Here it is: my heart and soul in the form of a cookbook. I am so excited to be sharing my sweet and savory recipes with you and so touched that you are trying them. Enjoy them with your family, your friends, or your beautiful self. Get creative and add your own spicy touch. Let loose and have fun! In a hurry? Take a shortcut. No time to chop? Buy cut veggies at your local grocery store. Don’t have fresh thyme? Try it without or use dried. The conversion is 1 teaspoon dried to 1 tablespoon fresh herbs. Added too much salt? Counteract it with a splash of lemon juice. Trust yourself to create solutions to any obstacle you encounter in the kitchen—that’s when the fun begins.


If you have any questions along the way, you can visit my online community at to get helpful cooking tips, connect with other food lovers, or simply say hello.

Live, Dream, Eat,



If you want to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, and boost your energy, you’ve opened the right book. Many studies, including some from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, have shown that when people switch to a plant-based diet and cut out greasy animal fats, they can shed unwanted pounds and gain vitality. The health benefits of a plant-based diet are enormous, and Chloe makes this way of cooking easy, accessible, and extremely flavorful. Before you get cooking, you may be wondering how a vegan diet will affect your body. Will you get enough protein? Is it healthy for kids? These are great questions that are asked all the time, so let’s jump right in and set some facts straight about plant-based nutrition.

Will I lose weight?

Yes, if you have weight to lose. If you’re already at your ideal weight, you’ll stay there. However, if you are carrying excess weight, a plant-based diet is the way to go. When you build your meals from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans, and keep oils to a minimum, weight loss is remarkably easy. Chloe has put together a creative array of easy-to-follow, delicious, plant-based recipes that will leave you feeling healthier, lighter, and more energized. If you are ready to try this way of eating, let me encourage you to really give it a good, solid try. You’ll find it easier not only to lose weight but also to maintain a healthy weight permanently. No more yo-yo dieting!

Many people think that carbohydrates like pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice are fattening. This is not true, unless you’re slathering fat on them, like butter on bread, or meat sauce on spaghetti. Carbohydrates actually have fewer than half the calories of fat, which means that replacing fatty foods with complex carbohydrates automatically cuts calories. The most effective weight-control programs use a high-complex carbohydrate, low-fat, vegan diet, along with regular exercise.

Will I get enough protein?

Yes, absolutely. As long as you’re eating a variety of plant foods—grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits—in sufficient quantity, as Chloe outlines in this book, you’ll get plenty of protein. No special food combining is necessary.

Does a plant-based diet fight illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease?

In 1990, Dr. Dean Ornish showed that a vegetarian diet, along with other lifestyle changes, can reverse heart disease. Our work shows that people with type 2 diabetes often

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  • So you have some vegans coming to your party, and you're still not quite sure what it is they eat. Well, Chloe Coscarelli has the answer for you with these easy recipes (yes, including sliders and fries) that may make a splash even with your meat-eating friends.

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